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Research Project: Metabolic and Epigenetic Regulation of Nutritional Metabolism

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Current opportunities to catalyze research in nutrition and cancer prevention - An interdisciplinary perspective

item WATERLAND, ROBERT - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)

Submitted to: BioMed Central (BMC) Medicine
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/2/2019
Publication Date: 7/30/2019
Citation: The Cancer Research UK - Ludwig Cancer Research Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Collaborative Group. 2019. Current opportunities to catalyze research in nutrition and cancer prevention - An interdisciplinary perspective. BioMed Central (BMC) Medicine. 17:148.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Cancer Research UK and Ludwig Cancer Research convened an inaugural international Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Conference in London on December 3–4, 2018. Much of the discussion focused on the need for systematic,interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the relationships of nutrition, exercise, obesity and metabolic dysfunction with cancer development. Scientists at the meeting underscored the importance of studying the temporal natural history of exposures that may cumulatively impact cancer risk later in life. A robust dialogue identified obesity as a major risk for cancer, and the food environment, especially high energy and low nutrient processed foods, as strong and prevalent risk factors for obesity. Further engagement highlighted challenges in the post-diagnostic setting, where similar opportunities to understand the complex interplay of nutrition, physical activity, and weight will inform better health outcomes. Going forward, holistic research approaches, encompassing insights from multiple disciplines and perspectives, will catalyze progress urgently needed to prevent cancer and improve public health.